On a summer’s day, a group of people have gathered by a simple tent. A wagon and a carriage are driving along the beach and there are boats on the surf. The horizon is extremely low, making it seem as if we are sitting on the beach ourselves. It also provides plenty of space for the impressive cloudy sky and the soft yellow glow of the sunlight. Adriaen van de Velde was a master in depicting this sort of atmospheric effect.
Adriaen van de Velde (Amsterdam 1636 - 1672 Amsterdam)
1663 and 1665
Material and technical details
54 x 42 cm
Signed and dated
linksonder: Av velde f / 166[3 of 5?]
(?) Jeronimus Tonneman, Amsterdam, 1754; Coenraad van Heemskerck, The Hague, 1765; Govert van Slingelandt, The Hague; his widow, Agatha Huydecoper, The Hague, 1767-1768; Van Slingelandt sale, The Hague, 18 May 1768 (Lugt 1683), no. 36; the entire collection van Slingelandt sold to Prince William V; Prince William V, The Hague, 1768-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822